Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • The Lily

    The Lily Windmill is an authentic 16th Century design brick "ground-sail" mill. The five story f...

  • Tandem Winery

    Our Background shows a long history of working passionately with high-end labels; the team of gro...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

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  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Porter-Bass Vineyard 2012

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    Translucent red plum color in the glass. Unusually spicy nose. Very light bodied on the tonguenot rose light, but darned close. Delicate suggestion of strawberry or cherry. Stiff acid makes me want to guzzle this, but I wont. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Finally.  The Apsara e-mail hit today: Hello Mark,Like a rising phoenix, the 100% Whole Cluster Syrah is back! The Whole Cluster joins the delectable Las Madres Syrah and the crisp, clean and refreshing Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc for Apsara's 2016 spring release... And it’s one of our strongest line ups yet:2014 Las Madres Syrah, Carneros - $36 ... Read More

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  • Brazin Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2008

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    Wine review by ardalporto


  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Estate Chalk Hill 2014

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    Bright and fruity aromas of green apple and peach with honeysuckle and vanilla on the nose. Wonderfully thick and full in the mouth, this has tart fresh citrus notes coming through powerfully in the center, round and firm yet quite zesty and lively throughout and turning to more lemon and light butter towards the finish With a hint of white pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Dijon Clone 777 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013

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    Violet petal and cinnamon notes on the nose with aromas of ripe cherry blossom and hints of red licorice. Turns a little more herbal in the mouth, showing earthy streaks of tar, cedar and more ripe cherry and cranberry notes demonstrating a good fruit core and a fresh acidity throughout that ends on a stony, earthy note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Copain Tous Ensemble Chardonnay 2011

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache 2013

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    Flowery nosegeranium, violet. Combination of fruit and pepper on entryblueberry, plum with spiciness. The wine washes very nicely over the tongue. To my way of thinking, amazingly balanced fruit/tannin/acidI get all three, but none dominate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kendall Jackson 'Vintners' Reserve Summation Red 2012

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    Never follow a good bottle of wine with a so-so bottle. Once again California disappoints me. No value here. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2011

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    Slightly sweet, smooth finish, fruit forward but not quite "jammy". $20 on the street. Read More

    Wine review by ptharvey


  • Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Blackberry and rich baking spice on the nose with some soft earth and notes of candied plum. This shows a good herbal note in the mouth and powerful fruit notes of dark blackberry preserves, black currant and black cherry, chewy tannins and nice balance. Very creamy on the finish with lovely vanilla notes and a hint of black pepper and cedar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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